Politi­cians, fam­ily re­act to Bush’s death

The Sun Herald (Sunday) - - News - BY SARAH MERVOSH AND JACEY FORTIN

Ge­orge H.W. Bush, the 41st pres­i­dent of the United States, died Fri­day at 94, and the tributes and con­do­lences quickly poured in on­line. From his fam­ily, in­clud­ing the 43rd pres­i­dent of the United States, to those who had dis­agreed with his pol­i­tics, a surge of posts hon­ored the man who served his coun­try in more than 40 years of pub­lic ser­vice.

“Af­ter 94 re­mark­able years, our dear Dad has died,” for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush said in a state­ment on be­half of his sib­lings. “Ge­orge H.W. Bush was a man of the high­est char­ac­ter and the best dad a son or daugh­ter could ask for. The en­tire Bush fam­ily is deeply grate­ful for 41’s life and love, for the com­pas­sion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the con­do­lences of our friends and fel­low cit­i­zens.”

Ge­orge P. Bush, a grand­son who is the Texas land com­mis­sioner, lauded his grand­fa­ther for his ded­i­ca­tion to his coun­try and to his fam­ily.

“To me,” he said on Twit­ter, “he will al­ways be Gampy. The man who taught me to fish in

Maine, to throw a horse­shoe and to swing a base­ball bat lefty.”

The White House re­leased a state­ment on be­half of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and the first lady, Me­la­nia Trump: “Me­la­nia and I join with a griev­ing na­tion to mourn the loss of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush.”

“With sound judg­ment, com­mon sense, and un­flap­pable lead­er­ship, Pres­i­dent Bush guided our na­tion, and the world, to a peace­ful and vic­to­ri­ous con­clu­sion of the Cold War,” the state­ment said.

Bush, a Repub­li­can, drew praise from both sides of the aisle, as Democrats and Re­pub­li­cans alike com­mended his com­mit­ment to ser­vice.

For­mer Pres­i­dent

Barack Obama and for­mer first lady Michelle Obama said in a state­ment, “Ge­orge H.W. Bush’s life is a tes­ta­ment to the no­tion that pub­lic ser­vice is a no­ble, joy­ous call­ing. And he did tremen­dous good along the jour­ney.”

For­mer Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter said Bush’s ad­min­is­tra­tion was “marked by grace, ci­vil­ity and so­cial con­science.”

Mikhail Gor­bachev, the for­mer pres­i­dent of the So­viet Union, called Bush a “true part­ner.”

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